Lucy Prestipino has only minutes to deliver a lawsuit to the Baltimore City courthouse. She’s a bicycle messenger on a mission—saving a crying lawyer from missing the statute of limitations. She's promised to file the lawsuit before the court closes, no matter what.
No matter what propels Lucy into a horrific crash with handsome and charismatic Romero Sanchez.
She becomes romantically entangled with Sanchez until Rick McCormick, the chief of the new gang unit of the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office, warns her of the depth of Sanchez's criminality. Her relationship with Sanchez violently disintegrates. A brutal murder draws her into a ruthless vendetta between Sanchez and McCormick. She's convinced the police are on the wrong track and launches her own murder investigation. The long-kept secrets Lucy unearths during her hunt for a killer force her to confront choices that may destroy her.
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Stop reading this review and start reading No Brakes on the Wing now! You will not regret it. The novel is fast-paced, engaging, intelligent, and delightful. The characters are sympathetic, realistic and captivating. You know how, in some books, the author gets wordy or lets the story lag a little? You won't find that in this book. It is tightly plotted; masterfully laid out with unanticipated twists and turns. It is even educational, in a good way, if you didn't already know about bike messenger culture, addiction, gang life, and intricacies of the legal system. It is hard to believe that this is a first novel for Ms. Callahan. I very much look forward to her future books!
This first novel by Ms. Callahan is a delightful and engaging crime drama. Lucy, a bicycle messenger, is adept at delivering packages on time, often causing her to race through the streets of Baltimore. You can almost feel the rush of wind on your cheeks and see the streets of the city go by as Lucy rushes around the city. Ms. Callahan does her best to show you Baltimore and the details of being a bike messenger. The twists and turns make this a true page-turner. The characters are interesting, the story is exciting, and the conclusion is a satisfying turn of events. What more could one want from a novel?